ARLINGTON — A 36-year-old Arlington man was sentenced to 75 years after he was convicted Wednesday for the rape of 12-year-old girl, read a statement released Thursday by the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.
According to prosecutors, the young victim ran away from her Grand Prairie home after a fight with her sister on March 20, 2011. She was attacked by Miguel Angel Munoz as she walked to a fast food restaurant to meet a friend for a ride after deciding she wanted to return home, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the District Attorney's Office.
"As the girl walked across a field toward the restaurant, a stranger grabbed her from behind and threw her into a thicket of bushes, where he raped her," read the statement.
A year after the assault, Munoz was arrested on a burglary charge. DNA taken during his arrest linked the Arlington man to the 2011 assault.
Prosecutors said it took the jury 10 minutes to convict Munoz, who must serve half of his 75-year sentence for aggravated sexual assault before he's eligible for parole.
"This defendant shoved a 12-year-old girl's face into the dirt and trash and took her innocence," said Kim D'Avignon, the prosecutor in the case. "He deserves every second the jury gave him."
Munoz was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.